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Recipe Contest Winners

Lucky are we who get to judge a recipe contest and call it work. Friday, January 21, wrapped up its Renovation Recipes Contest, sponsored by KitchenAid®, with a day of cooking and tasting 25 recipes.

Living Space Debate: Ideal Square Footage

How many square feet do you really need to feel comfortable in your home? It's a question we thought about frequently at this year's International Builders' Show, especially after we toured the various show homes that were on display.

Recipe Contest Update

We are one step closer to announcing the winners of the Renovations Recipe contest, as the field has been narrowed down to 25 recipes. Thank you to everyone who entered a recipe, and thank you to everyone who voted for their favorites and helped choose the semifinalists.

Design Tips from Frank Fontana

Recently we interviewed Frank Fontana of "Design on a Dime" fame about his new book, "Dirty Little Secrets of Design".

Book Review: Dirty Little Secrets of Design

As a host and lead designer on HGTV's "Design on a Dime," Frank Fontana helps make homes look like a million bucks while working with $1,000 budgets. While "Design on a Dime" and other programs of its ilk are extremely popular, you'll need to take diligent notes while watching to remember all the home-design tips.

Whatever Happened to Julia Child's Kitchen?

When Julia Child moved from her longtime home in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 2001, she sent her famously televised kitchen to the Smithsonian.

It's the Economy, Stupid

Will Barack Obama's presidency see a return to economic boom times the way Bill Clinton's did? 

Letters, We Get Letters

Choosing the right colors seems to be one of the hardest parts of putting together a new kitchen. Here's a perfect example:

Avocado. Seriously.

Like Mark, I too found evidence of designers and manufacturers trying to bring the color avocado back into the kitchen. 

Builders' Show Day One

A few things that caught my attention during the first day of the 2007 International Builders' Show.

All About Appliances

Today at the International Builders' Show began with whirlwind tours of the Thermador, Bosch and Gaggenau booths. 

The Builders Show is Coming!

They call the International Builders' Show "the Big Show" for a reason: It features more than 1.5 million square feet of building products and draws more than 100,000 industry professionals from around the world. With thousands of new product introductions, demonstration homes galore, and seminars on everything from design trends to housing's economic outlook, this trade show generates excitement like none other.

Looking at Lighting

One day the overhead light in my kitchen made a loud cracking noise. Immediately thereafter, chunks of black plastic and a shower of black dust rained down on the kitchen table. Until then, I had not thought much about the kitchen lighting, except to note that it was sufficient for my needs. Was it still?

The Kitchenification of America

As the American home has grown in size, so has the American kitchen. 

Do-It-Yourself vs. Do-It-For-Me

At the cooking class, one of the attendees mentioned that our dinner would be a special treat for he and his fiancee, given that their kitchen was in mid-remodel.

Cooking Class

Last night I took a class at the Chopping Block, a cooking school located just down the street from at the Merchandise Mart (huge design center in Chicago). 

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